Dame Maggie Smith swaps Downton Abbey for Alan Bennett’s driveway

Instead of having to forever wonder just “What is a weekend?” or endlessly question the need for electricity, Dame Maggie Smith has opted to swap her trademark Dowager Countess hat and dress for a knit cap and dirty raincoat (just for a bit, Downton Abbey fans) for her forthcoming role in playwright Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the […]

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Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet hits the cinema on Oct 15!

I know we’re just barely coming to the end of February, but it’s time to put a bigger than life red circle around Thursday, 15 October 2015. What could possibly get you to block out schedule time some 8 months from now? How about the ability to see Hamlet, starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, The Imitation Game, […]

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Benedict Cumberbatch signs on for Hamlet in 2015

Benedict Cumberbatch, everyone’s favorite TV Sherlock, will return to the stage in August 2015 to play Hamlet in the play of the same name at London’s Barbican Theatre in the West End. Many will remember that this isn’t Cumberbatch’s first trip to the stage. He previously appeared in the National Theatre production of Frankenstein, directed […]

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Benedict Cumberbatch returns as a young Rumpole for new Radio 4 drama

I have to believe that if you watched Jeopardy, and the contestant took “Actors and Actresses for $200”, Alex Trebek would then read out the word No and the only possible correct “question” to the answer would be “Is there anything that Benedict Cumberbatch cannot do“? From his small screen brilliance in Sherlock and Parade’s […]

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It's MUST SEE TV tonight on PBS! 'National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage'

What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than to celebrate the incredible talent that has graced the stage of London’s National Theatre for the last 50 years. The National Theatre opened its doors in 1963 with Laurence Olivier as its first director. Eight hundred productions later, the venerable institution celebrates its 50th anniversary with a […]

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Frankenstein encores in UK theatres, June 2012

Frankenstein – coming to a theatre near you…hopefully If you didn’t get a chance to see this impossible to put in to words National Theatre presentation of the Mary Shelley classic either live or back in March of 2011, this is not to be missed the second time around. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) and Jonny […]

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Sherlock, Frankenstein, now Bard the Bowman, maybe?

In 2010, BBC and PBS viewers were treated to a totally brilliant performance as a 21st century Sherlock. 2011 brought an equally as brilliant but shorter stint at the National Theatre in the duel, alternating daily, role as Dr. Frankenstein and the Creature. With filming currently taking place for the Mark Gatiss/Steven Moffat creation, Sherlock 2, word […]

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Begin the weekend scattershooting

Julian Fellowes….Titanic….can’t wait What’s next from the mind of Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park, Downton Abbey) you might ask? Titanic, what else. Thankfully, not quite a spin-off in the American sense of the word (i.e. The Cleveland Show from The Simpsons or Joey from Friends or The Jeffersons from All in the Family) but there is […]

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